Kids with severe asthma are at greater risk of COPD as adults

03/27/2014 | Healio (free registration)

Children with severe asthma were 32 times more likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease later in life than those who didn't have wheezing symptoms through age 7, according to a study conducted in Australia. "The fixed abnormalities in lung function in adult life are clearly established in childhood and track at lower values progressing to irreversible airway obstruction in adulthood," researchers reported in the journal Thorax.

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